Friday, January 14, 2011


I had originally planned to post on how "hard" it has been revising and editing my craft/sewing room...."how did I get so much stuff?"  blah, blah, blah...

Then this photo popped up on my Flickr page at the bottom

It really struck me and I had to investigate the origin.
It was taken in 1936 by Dorthea Lange entitled Migrant Mother.  The back-story is that the Mom and her family were migrant pea-pickers.  Before this photo was taken, they had just sold the four tires to their vehicle to buy food :(
They were living in this:
That rocker had to be handmade..what talent

Later that night, Places In the Heart was on HBO...

"After her sheriff husband is killed, a Texas woman tires to make ends meet for her family during the depression by raising cotton and taking in boarders, one of whom is a blind man."

This is such a good movie...and if you can watch it without bawling like a baby at the end then you have no heart.

"Oh, poor me, my craft room is too full."  Gaaaahhh, I make myself sick sometimes!  I got a much  needed reality check.

And just so you know this is not totally off the quilting grid...what do you think about this?

Proud woman with her State's quilt....hanging on her clothesline.
Taken during the know this was hand-pieced.
I wish I had a closer view of the quilt!


  1. Oh my goodness, I hear you. What was I thinking when I bought all this stuff and what does it have to do with real life?? I own two embroidery machines and both are broken, can't use either. What good does that do me? They won't be cheap to fix, I don't imagine. Reality check!! in the largest terms.
    If you check my blog, you'll see I'm working on using up my stuff, like so many others. I am currently drooling over a couple samplers I want to do. I am discipling myself to finish what I've bought, or give it away. It's quite freeing actually. BTW, my parents raised the first 3 kids during the depression, they told me the horror stories of trying to keep food and clothes in the house. This will be a process,

  2. great post angie! I'm with you- reorganizing my sewing/craft room. we're very blessed to have what we do have.